G7 statement on Ukraine vows to expand sanctions against Russia

The Group of Seven leaders announced on Friday that they will expand sanctions against Russia as part of efforts to bring lasting peace to Ukraine.

They issued a statement on Ukraine after the first day of their summit in Hiroshima.

They called Russia's invasion of Ukraine an illegal, unjustifiable and unprovoked war of aggression that has imperiled access to food and energy for many of the world's most vulnerable people. They condemned, in the strongest terms, Russia's manifest violation of the Charter of the United Nations.

They urged Russia to stop its ongoing aggression and immediately, completely and unconditionally withdraw its troops and military equipment from Ukraine, adding that a just peace cannot be realized without the withdrawal.

The leaders referred to the statement at last year's Group of 20 summit, including Russia, that said the use or threat of use of nuclear weapons is inadmissible.

On the sanctions against Russia, they pledged to broaden their actions to ensure that exports of all items critical to Russia's aggression, including those used by Russia on the battlefield, are restricted across all their jurisdictions. They added that they will further target those operating in key sectors, such as manufacturing, construction and transportation.

The G7 members will also further prevent the evasion and circumvention of the sanctions, while strengthening third-countries' understandings of G7 measures.

The statement expressed their determination to continue to reduce their reliance on Russian energy.

It also said they will continue to work closely to restrict trade in and use of diamonds mined, processed or produced in Russia.

The leaders concluded their statement with a pledge from Hiroshima, the city they call the "symbol of peace."

It said that G7 members will mobilize all their policy instruments and, together with Ukraine, make every effort to bring a comprehensive, just and lasting peace in Ukraine as soon as possible.